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Lamborghini Builds a Rear-Drive Gallardo--And It Will Cost You

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2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2

2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2

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The 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo's spun off another new edition, and the latest version's a little bit of heresy for the normally four-wheel-driven brand.

The newest Gallardo LP550-2 is a rear-driver--while all other Gallardo models offer standard four-wheel drive. It's a spin on the usual drivetrain that Lamborghini's done before with the Murcielago, as a special edition to add a little more luster to the supercar's performance image.

The LP550-2 also wears a tag for Valentino Balboni, Lamborghini's retired test driver who helped define the brand's handling characteristics since 1973, and acts as an ambassador for the brand.

Tech specs for the new Gallardo include the 550-horsepower engine (hence the name), and rear-wheel drive (the "2" on the new badges). New suspension settings have been mandated, the traction control system's been retuned for more entertaining driving, and the rear differential and e-gear sequential transmission have been adapted for use in the new rear-drive edition.Lamborghini promises a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, and a top speed of 199 mph.

The bespoke gold and white paint job is unique to the new model; seven other colors are offered. The brake rotors can be painted in black, orange or yellow. Inside, white leather and new badging are fitted, along with a rearview camera, a navigaiton system and Bluetooth connectivity.

The LP550-2 will be built in a limited run of 250 cars. If you're a devoted fan--or just have $219,800 laying around without a purpose--the line starts at the Lamborghini door in Sant'Agata.

2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2

2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2

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2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2

2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2

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2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2

2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2

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2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2

2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2

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